OM-D E-M5 vs E-5 (build quality)

Started May 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP philosomatographer Contributing Member • Posts: 539
NOT nostalgia

Just Having Fun wrote:

So you are going to buy a Nikon D800 tomorrow!?

No, because despite your statement, you want to stick with Olympus for nostalgic reasons.  Just like people who drive around in cars from the 1960's ("they don't build 'em like that anymore!"), or people who still buy LPs. Or like the Chevy people who hate Ford and visa-versa.

No, not at all - you misunderstand. My f-mount lenses (yes, I shoot Nikon!) are used on film only. Nikon has so very few lenses that can compare to the Zuiko Digital SHG lenses (some would say "none") and I am not only heavily invested in the Olympus system, but also completely spoilt by the qualities of these lenses.

So much so, that I have absolutely no problem sticking it out with a "substandard" sensor that still produces excellent large prints... I don't need more than ISO200 for my style. Since I am primarily a film shooter, I really don't even mind the grain. In a print, grain actually adds to the impression of detail - so much so that some people add some back in to images that are too smooth.

As a secondary quality, I really don't like the design of the Nikon DSLR bodies. Call it a taste thing, if you will, but they never did it for me. A lot of people stick with the Olympus system because of e.g. financial reasons. I am fortunate enough to be able to go out and buy a D800 + lenses if I so wanted, but I much prefer every operating and handling aspect of the Olympus professional gear.

There is nothing nostalgic about it - I simply find the Olympus gear to be much better designed.

 philosomatographer's gear list:philosomatographer's gear list
Nikon Df Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED-IF VR Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm 1:2.0 SWD Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 +3 more
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